Free bird watching walk

Endangered Gouldian Finches can be spotted around Katherine. Picture: supplied.

Endangered Gouldian Finches can be spotted around Katherine. Picture: supplied.

If you have been wondering what bird has been tweeting outside your window each morning, now is your chance to find out. 

As part of National Bird Week, local wildlife tour guide Mick Jerram is leading a free walking tour on Saturday October 28. 

The tour will leave from Maude Creek at 7.30am till 9.30am.

Head to the event Facebook page to find out more.

National Bird Week, a tradition dating back nearly 100 years, celebrates the incredible variety of beautiful birds found in Australia, and the Backyard Bird Count is an ideal way for bird lovers to experience them by taking part.

Last year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count saw a record 61,000 nature-loving Australians take time out from their busy schedules to count more than 1.4 million birds.

Every bird counted around Katherine will help BirdLife Australia reach its target of 1.5 million birds counted in seven days to smash last year’s record.

BirdLife Australia’s Sean Dooley said the results provide a picture of how our birds are faring, both locally and across Australia.

“We are fortunate to have a wonderful array of birds in Australia, many that can’t be found anywhere else in the world,” Mr Dooley said.

 The magpie goose is a resident breeder in northern Australia. Picture: supplied.

The magpie goose is a resident breeder in northern Australia. Picture: supplied.

“The information we collect from the Backyard Bird Count each year not only shows how much Australians care about birds, but also provides clues to what’s happening with different bird species.”

In 2016, Australian birdwatchers recorded more than 583 species, with the Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner and Australian Magpie topping the list of Australia’s most counted birds.

The new, updated Aussie Bird Count app allows you to take part anywhere you go.

The national total will be updated in real time, and the app allows you to see which species are being seen in your local area.